La La Land director and Netflix pair up for musical

LOS ANGELES • It is music to the ears of Netflix, which has scored a coup in getting Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle to helm an eight-episode musical drama set in Paris.

He will helm two episodes of The Eddy and executive produce the entire series, which focuses on a club, its owner, the house band and the "chaotic city that surrounds them", the streaming company said.

Original music will be written by six-time Grammy Award-winner Glen Ballard, who has writing and producing credits on numerous hit records, including Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill (1995) and Michael Jackson's Bad (1987).

"I've always dreamed of shooting in Paris," said Chazelle, 32, whose father is French.

The specialist in movies about music is seen as one of Hollywood's hottest properties after winning a Best Director Oscar for La La Land (2016) and getting writing nominations for that film and Whiplash (2014).

"From the intense, complex relationship between a jazz drummer and his instructor in Whiplash to his dazzling duo of lovelorn Los Angelenos in La La Land, Damien's work is emotional and electrifying," said Mr Erik Barmack, vice-president of Netflix's international original content.

The company has not announced a release date, but Chazelle is currently busy with First Man, a Neil Armstrong biopic which begins shooting in November and is set to hit theatres in October next year.

Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon in 1969.

The movie reunites the director with La La Land star Ryan Gosling.


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